CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio - The superintendent of the Cuyahoga Falls City School District said he believes the same person is behind bomb threat e-mails that were sent Monday morning and last March.
In both cases, Dr. Todd Nichols decided to close the high school. The FBI and Secret Service are assisting Cuyahoga Falls police in the investigation.
"The source is very difficult to track," Nichols said.
An e-mail was sent to the high school's principal after midnight.
"It basically said that there was going to be a device on campus to be detonated between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” Nichols said.
Police and school officials searched inside and outside of the high school, and did not find anything suspicious.
On March 8, the school was closed after a similar e-mail mentioned a bomb inside the building.
Nichols said he didn't want to take any chances after he got word of the most recent threat.
"On the heels of Boston, and where do you incite the most or least panic? At this point, we feel that it is best to err on the side of safety," Nichols said.
Some students admitted the threats played on their nerves to some extent.
"It kind of scares me a little bit, but I feel like at the same time, it couldn't happen because it's probably just some kid that doesn't want to go to school," said 16-year-old Tyler Adams.
Timothy Dimoff, a national security expert president of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services Inc. in Akron, said there's a risk of districts shutting down schools because of threats.
"You don't want to get in the habit of just shutting everything down because that is only going to promulgate more bomb threats," Dimoff said.
Dimoff said the FBI may be able to trace the IP address of the computer used by the source.
"The FBI has some very good ways to investigate those, and hopefully, maybe coming up with an answer... of who sent that e-mail," Dimoff said.
Nichols said school officials have met with police and fire, and may handle the situation differently if there's a third bomb threat before the end of the school year.
If the person behind the e-mails turns out to be a student, the superintendent said he or she could be in big trouble with federal agents, local police and the district.
"The school district is going to be the last of their problems. It's going to be much larger than that," he said.
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